Daikaya: that's some good ramen
Just tried the new ramen shop in Chinatown, Daikaya. It's quite small and blasts hiphop music. They don't take reservations, and I was told it would be a 20-25 minute wait -- and then it took approximately 3 minutes before they texted me saying the table was ready!
Very simple menu: 4 kinds of broth (one vegetarian, one shio, one shoyu, and one barley or something?) I had the shio and it was quite lovely and subtle. I enjoyed the thicker, more flavorful barley-option more, but I think that's a matter of personal taste. All bowls of non-veggie ramen come with the same stuff, ie roast pork (yum), ground pork, bean sprouts, scallions, seaweed...I got an additional topping of egg, which was a good call. I would get extra roast pork next time as well. The serving was generous, and lots of toothsome noodles to slurp down.
Pork-scallion dumpings were fine, but nothing to write home about.
The service was fast and very enthusiastic.
My boyfriend and I agreed that this was more impressive than Sakuramen, less impressive than Toki at its peak - however, it's best than current-Toki, which has slipped. Next on my list to try is Taan in Adams Morgan.